A166 Amend Canon III.12.4(c) and add Canon III.12.4(d)

Resolved, That Canon III.12.4(c) is hereby amended to read as follows and Canon III.12.4(d) is added to read as follows:

Section 4. Residency; Vacancy in the Episcopate

(c) A Bishop Diocesan, whenever leaving the Diocese for six consecutive months or more, shall authorize in writing, under hand and seal, the Bishop Coadjutor, the Bishop Suffragan if the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese so provide, or, should there be none, the Standing Committee of the Diocese, to act as the Ecclesiastical Authority thereof during the absence. The Bishop Coadjutor, or the Bishop Suffragan if the Constitution and Canons of the Diocese so provide, or, should there be none, the Standing Committee may at any time become serve as the Ecclesiastical Authority upon the written request of the Bishop and continue to act as such until the request is revoked by the Bishop Diocesan in writing.

(d) A vacancy in the episcopate shall be deemed to exist on the occurrence of any of the following:

(i) the death, resignation, deposition or removal of the Bishop exercising jurisdiction, or

(ii) the incapacity (or inability to return from an absence within a time certain) of the Bishop exercising jurisdiction following the issuance of a court order by a court of competent jurisdiction or by determination of at least two licensed medical doctors, psychologists or psychiatrists, who have examined the case, as declared by

(A) the Presiding Bishop; or

(B) resolution of the Standing Committee of the Diocese.


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